Why is it that every time Joe Biden announces another pick for his (potential) Administration, I get a tingle of déjà vu, and think, “Why do I remember that name from the past and associate it with either rabid partisanship or outright incompetence?” Well, I guess you know why.
Latest example: Biden reportedly plans to tap California Attorney General (Kamala Harris’ successor) Xavier Becerra as his Health and Human Services Secretary.
Republicans immediately began voicing strong opposition, calling Becerra an unqualified pro-abortion radical who prioritizes partisan politics over the law and people’s civil rights. Oh right, that’s why his name should be familiar to longtime readers of my newsletter!
Many of Becerra’s more shameful moments in office have involved abuses of power to promote abortion advocates and persecute pro-life activists. His name is enshrined in the title of a losing SCOTUS case, NIFLA (National Institute for Life Advocates) v. Becerra, in which the Court struck down California’s law that attempted to regulate free speech as professional conduct and force pro-life pregnancy centers to refer women to abortion clinics. Conservative legal experts hailed the decision against him as having “saved the First Amendment.”
Becerra also took over from Harris in the shameful pressing of multiple felony charges against undercover reporters who exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practices. Planned Parenthood being a major supporter of California Democrats, he’s made no secret of how deep in their back pocket he is.
Deep enough, in fact, that it even sparked a lawsuit against him, PP and Harris.
And abortion isn’t the only topic upon which Becerra is known to place partisan politics above the law or his sworn duties.
HHS is the department in charge of protecting all Americans’ health and providing essential services. Becerra has a demonstrated history of protecting the right of a political donor to continue slaughtering babies in the womb while prosecuting critics for exercising their essential First Amendment rights. Is that who you want in charge of America’s health? Especially when Planned Parenthood is already planning what it will demand of a Biden Administration as payback for its support.
You’d think that if the media were ever going to stop acting like tranquilized lapdogs toward Biden, it would be over the elevation to such a high level of a man who tried to railroad reporters into prison for doing the same kind of undercover video expose that every major media outlet has been doing for years. That's the kind of dictator-like behavior they falsely accuse Trump of. But so far, not a yap…